Graham Seaman: The Five Laws and the LibraryBox


I’d like to know how Ranganathan’s Five Laws relate to the electronic world. That’s too big a question, so I’ll try to create a practical example: what do the laws imply for a portable Librarybox[1], seeded with a little collection of books about Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania? Are all books to be read?

[1] Librarybox: subspecies of Piratebox[2] – tiny computer with a USB
stick for memory and it’s own local wifi, not connected to the internet, so it may even work on a bike ride.

[2] Piratebox:

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  1. Yeah, giving away control of collection management would be quite a bold step for a librarian!

  2. Happy to answer questions re: LibraryBox anytime! Certainly the branding is different, but there are a few other changes, mainly the removal of the upload ability of the box. Didn’t seem like libraries or other educational institutions would be quite so quick on the uptake if the Box was capable of that. 🙂

  3. Graham, have you talked to Jason Griffey? (@griffey on twitter.) He’s the one who developed the LibraryBox idea on top of the PirateBox code.

  4. Exactly. Publicly share only the stuff you intend to 🙂

    • Graham Seaman (@navtis)

      I’m bringing the box in the photo – it’s actually running piratebox software, but the only difference from the librarybox seems to be branding. I may not have time to put much on it before I come though – it was intended as more of a discussion than a practical tool for this trip, though it would be good if it was both. If anyone has experience of using one could you contact me?

  5. Which reminds me I need to check to make sure my laptop isn’t set to share everything publicly!

  6. I used to run an uPNP server on my Nokia N95 smartphone, but after moving to an iPhone, such tricks aren’t really possible. iPhone is such a bore! I always have an open, shared network folder on my netbook, with a curated selection of librarystuff available to anyone who is on the same wi-fi as me.

    If you aren’t in the habit of checking your local wifi for network shares, i recommend you do it. F.ex. at IFLA i’m sure there will be dozens, if not hundreds of shared folders on the wifi, some of which will be open without requiring a password. Also check the local wi-fi at your library, maybe someone is sharing something… it’s treasure hunting really 🙂

  7. Will there be a librarybox on the cycling tour? I’ve been hoping someone would do that! Would be such a great thing to do.

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